I am a fan of the police. With few exceptions, they have always been a positive presence in my life. But recently I've been hearing and seeing more frequent abuses of their power directed at cyclists. This story takes the cake. Keep in mind this is not a radical, confrontational college student at critical mass, this is a 140lb. vegan, violin playing grandfather.
"I was rudely accosted, assaulted with battery, and tased at Minneapolis St Paul USA international airport by Airport Police, simply for choosing to leave the airport by bicycle. I had broken no laws. I use a bicycle as a significant part of my daily mode of travel. I have legally cycled to and from airports internationally including 3 of the 4 major London airports, with no problems. I was using my bicycle completely in accord with MN Statutes and Metropolitan Airport Commission Ordinances."